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20-year-old Real Madrid Castilla starlet likely to be called up by Ancelotti for Alaves clash



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Real Madrid find themselves in a muddle as far as their injury situation is concerned. Heading into this week’s clash against Deportivo Alaves, Los Blancos do not have their first-choice defensive line at their disposal.

Indeed, Dani Carvajal is still recovering from a calf issue while Ferland Mendy is out for ten days with an injury he sustained against Villarreal this past weekend.

Meanwhile, both Eder Militao and David Alaba are out with ACL injuries, with the latter undergoing surgery today after rupturing his knee ligament vs Villarreal.

The situation leaves manager Carlo Ancelotti with just two senior centre-back options in the form of Antonio Rudiger and Nacho Fernandez.

Raul Asencio set for a call-up

As such, given the lack of options in the centre-back department, Carlo Ancelotti is likely to call up Real Madrid Castilla starlet Raul Asencio to the squad for the game against Alaves, reports MARCA.

Ancelotti had previously called up the likes of Alvaro Carrillo and Marvel from the Castilla outfit to provide cover in the defensive department. But the young defensive duo is out injured, which has paved the way for Asencio to gain prominence in Raul’s side.

The 20-year-old centre-half was brought into the Castilla squad by Raul from Real Madrid C this season and he has been the team’s most in-form player in recent weeks.

Asencio, who has played 14 times for Raul’s team this season, trained with the first-team stars today. And considering that Castilla are currently on a break, all signs point towards the Spanish ace getting called up for the Alaves clash.

Growing reliance on Castilla

In the past, Ancelotti had been criticised for not trusting players from Real Madrid’s youth setup, but things seem to be changing in the ongoing season.

Should Asencio be included in the squad for the Alaves game, he would be the third centre-back to be called up by Ancelotti this season after Carrillo (Girona, Napoli, and Osasuna) and Edgar Pujol (Valencia).

Asencio would join the likes of Lucas Cañizares, Fran González, Nico Paz, Diego Piñeiro, Gonzalo Garcia, Vinicius Tobias, Carrillo, Edgar, Theo Zidane, Mario Martin, and Mario de Luis to make it to the first-team squad list.

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final



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It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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